11 milestones from 0 to 1 year

Your baby grows incredibly in his first year of life: Look out for when bub…

Babies-11 milestones from 0 to 1 year

Lifts his head

At birth, your little bundle will need you to support his neck as his muscles are still weak. “It’s important to give babies opportunities to play on their tummies as it develops the muscles necessary to help them with rolling over, sitting independently and crawling,” notes Dr Wendy Sinnathamby, a specialist in paediatrics at the Raffles Children’s Centre.

            Place him on a mat on his front and position interesting toys or objects slightly beyond his reach to stimulate him to raise his head to look at them. Do this for five to 10 minutes every day and by 2 months, your little one should be able to keep his head up when you hold him in a sitting position.


After round-the-clock feeding, soothing, as well as sleepless nights, you’ve seen plenty of your tyke’s tears and probably shed some yourself! Now and then you think you’ve spotted a fleeting smile — or are your tired eyes playing tricks on you? While the smiles you see in the first few weeks are usually your cutie passing gas, by 2 months, he’ll be capable of smiling in response to you. Hold him in your arms, make eye contact and speak or sing to him as often as possible and he’ll flash you that gummy grin.


Time to start babyproofing the house when your mini-me nails his hand-and-knee coordination and starts crawling. You may not even need to attend those zumba classes anymore as you’ll be getting mucho exercise chasing your mini-Speedy Gonzales.


He’s been pulling himself up, holding onto furniture and using the wall to “cruise” for months to get from one point to the other. Then, he starts to stand briefly without support. Right around his first birthday (the average age is 13 months), get ready to see your Mr Independent take his first steps. Make sure to whip out your camera because this will be the mother of all baby milestones! He’s no longer a baby, but a full-fledged toddler!


If you think his coos and “goo-goo-ga-ga” are the most endearing sounds you’ll ever hear, wait until junior turns 4 months and starts laughing. It will be music to your ears. The best part is how easy it is to set him off. Playing peekaboo, tickling him on the soles of his feet or making silly sounds and faces should get him giggling.